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Pets: 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

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She is your best friend and confidant as she jumps onto you the minute you walk through the door. Her tail sweeps the floor as she anxiously waits for a treat. What would we do without our best friends? Probably go a little bonkers, especially if that best friend is man's best friend. I just love dogs, especially those that are big. If a small child could potentially ride the dog like a pony, that's my kind of dog. What is your kind of dog? Small? Large?

Summertime is the perfect time to strengthen the bond between you and your dog as you chase outlaws in the wild west or catch some waves on the sandy beach. Whatever your summer adventure may be, remember that a healthy dog is a happy dog.

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

Go on Daily Walks

My golden retriever goes crazy for her daily walks. You would think that she was going on a grand adventure and you most certainly are. Whether you walk or run with your dog, you will feel happier and so will your dog. Plus, there's nothing like fresh air and exercise to energize you and your dog.

Teach Discipline

Dogs are pack animals and as such, you are their pack leader. Creating a hierarchy where you are the leader is the optimum environment for your pup in order to avoid bad behavior. Don't let those puppy-dog eyes fool you. Your dog really does need the discipline and structure in day-to-day activities.

Give Treats

Treats and dogs are a match made in heaven. Dogs love receiving a treat when mastering a new trick or simply a celebration of his birthday. Our pup especially enjoys his giant bone stocking stuffer every Christmas.

Visit the Vet

In order to keep your dog healthy, it's important to stay up-to-date on shots and medication. As we all know, dogs can't talk so taking them to the vet on a regular basis will ensure that your dog maintain a healthy and happy life.

Maintain Cleanliness

Most dog breeds shed, albeit some a bit more than others. Regular grooming not only helps your sidekick look their best but also provides you the opportunity to check for any abnormalities—rashes, dry skin, and more. Plus, who doesn't love having the hair brushed? Regular grooming also allows you to check for ticks, fleas, and other unsavory visitors that can pester your pup. Don't let these pests ruin your dog's summer plans, which is why we start the summer of with using PetArmor's Plus IGR for dogs.

Here are couple educational points:

  • Know the right product for your dog's breed
  • Know their weight. For example, PetArmor's Plus IGR cannot be used on those under 5 lb dogs
  • Know their age
  • Don't split a package between two dogs, this is leaving both dogs open to pests
  • Only apply after thirty days after Pong's last treatment
  • Super easy to use

Did you know that Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, Inc., is one of America’s most trusted brands and manufacturers of pet supplies? Give ticks and fleas the boot this summer and make your pup healthy and happy. To learn more about PetArmor or to see additional reviews from the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, simply look for the  hashtag on social media.

To learn more, visit www.petarmor.com.

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

How do you make your pet happy? 

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Marissa Huntsman

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